Outdoor activities

Whatever the time of year, the Yorkshire Dales are a spectacular place to visit and Cold Cotes is a great base from which to pursue outdoor activities.  Lower Barn provides you with home comforts to return to at the end of an invigorating day in the hills.

For plenty of inspiration about things to do and places to visit in The Yorkshire Dales, take a look at the following pubication:



Spring time in the Dales - Early Purple Orchids

Spring time in the Dales – Early Purple Orchids

Ingleborough in summer

Ingleborough in summer

Autumn colours near Settle with Ingleborough in the background

Autumn colours near Settle with Ingleborough in the background

Peny-y-ghent in winter

Peny-y-ghent in winter









footpath sign with rainbow

Lead the way!

  • There are many walks of varying lengths from the doorstep here at Cold Cotes, including a route up Ingleborough.
  • The Yorkshire Dales National Park is renowned for its walking country, including the Three Peaks of Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Whernside, all within a short distance from Cold Cotes.
  • The Friends of Settle-Carlisle Line run a series of free guided walks, circular walks from the railway.
  • Further afield, the mountains of the southern Lake District are an hour away by car.
  • There are many wild flowers to be seen on walks in the local area:
Purple saxifrage on Pen-y-ghent

Purple saxifrage on Pen-y-ghent



Bird's eye primroses at Sulber Nick on Ingleborough

Bird’s eye primrose and purple orchids at Sulber Nick on Ingleborough






Biking in the Dales

Biking in the Dales



For information about cycling in The Dales, visit the Cycle The Dales website

Mountain biking

  • There are many mountain bike routes in the Yorkshire Dales, including The Settle Loop, which is a 10 mile circuit from Settle and forms part of the Pennine Bridleway.  Settle is 9 miles from Cold Cotes.
  • Gisburn Forest has purpose made biking trails of varying levels of difficulty and is less than 10 miles from Cold Cotes.
  • Grizedale Forest in the south Lake District has a mountain bike trails.


Road biking

Route 68 and Yorkshire Dales Cycleway

Route 68 and Yorkshire Dales Cycleway

  • The Pennine Cycleway  (National Cycle Route 68) passes within half a mile of Lower Barn, making it an ideal place for an overnight stop.
  • The Way of the Roses is a coast to coast cycle route which links  Morecambe in Lancashire with Bridlingtonin Yorkshire  and passes through Clapham, which is 3 miles from Cold Cotes.
  • The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway  is a 130 mile circular route through the Dales,which passes within half a mile of Lower Barn.
  • There are plenty of shorter routes to follow along quiet country lanes from Cold Cotes itself.

Yorkshire Trike Tours

A different view of The Yorkshire Dales

A unique way to experience The Yorkshire Dales

  • Enjoy a completely unique experience with a tour round the Dales with Yorkshire Trike Tours.  Two of their tours start from Country Harvest in Ingleton, two miles from Cold Cotes, from where they also run a series of shorter 45 minute tours to Ribblehead Viaduct.





Caving and potholing

Yordas Cave in Kingsdale

Yordas Cave in Kingsdale

  • The limestone country of the Three Peaks has many potholes waiting to be explored, most requiring specialist equipment and knowledge/experience of caving.  Yorkshire Dales Guides offer courses and guided activities in caving, climbing, navigation and much more.
  • A few caves, such as Yordas Cave in Kingsdale, are more easily accessible.
  • The Gaping Gill winch meets are held over the May and August Bank Holidays each year and offer an opportunity to all to descend into the largest cavern in Britain.
  • There are also two show caves close to Cold Cotes, White Scar Cave above Ingleton and Ingleborough Show Cave in Clapham.


Rock climbing

  • There are both gritstone and limestone outcrops in the Yorkshire Dales, including the famous Malham Cove and Gordale Scar, Giggleswick Scar and Attermire.
  • Ingleton has an indoor climbing wall.Do-it-in-the-dales logo



  • This website has information about outdoor activities in the Dales.



  • There is an outdoor swiming pool in Ingleton, open in the summer months from the end of May to late August.
  • Settle has an indoor pool that is open all year round.
  • Some of the local rivers are known to be used for wild swimming.

 Pottery courses

  • Bentham Pottery run pottery courses  – from introductory sessions to courses tailor made for you.


  • A variety of painting courses are run at Jack Beck House in Keasden, about 3 miles away.


  • There is very little light pollution in Cold Cotes, allowing excellent views of the stars on a clear night.